A Sweet Addition to MCM

A woman hangs out of a window, leaning over the edge to serve grits. On the other side of the window, the grits are cooked in small batches, with lots of cream, cheese, and hot sauce. That’s the vision that Read more

Shop Whole Foods Potrero and Castro to Support MCM

Thanks to Whole Foods Market, when you shop at the Potrero or Market-Castro stores, bring in your own bags for groceries and you'll have the option of receiving a 5¢ credit (per bag) or to donate the 5¢ to MCM. Read more

Mercado Kitchen: Quick Persian Pickles

If you haven't picked up cucumbers from Blue House Farms yet, now is the time. Quick pickling the cucumbers is simple and results in sweet, tangy pickles that are perfect on kabobs, in burgers, or thrown on salads. They're easy Read more

Bold Italic: “MCM is Back”

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Hello friends,

Marion Anthonisen from Bold Italic came to our Opening Day this past week. Check out what she had to say. See you this Thursday!

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Recognize this stretch of Bartlett? It’s between 21st and 22nd, right by the old Giant Value. Maybe you’ve seen the awesome mural featuring two enormous, majestic seals. The rest of the block’s a little run-down, but lately it’s been perking up, thanks to the Mission Community Market, which just kicked off a new season yesterday.

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Executive Director Jeremy Shaw, the city planning department, the Neighborhood Parks Council, businesses like La Cocina, 18 Reasons, and oodles of other collaborators have big plans for this space, and from the looks of the market’s opening day, they’re right on track.

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It’s currently the only market where you’ll be able to buy goods from Little City Gardens, a one-acre farm in SF (yep, a whole acre of farmland within the city limits!). These awesome ladies are making waves in the world of urban food production, they created the city’s very first CSA program, and they’ve got an impressive 25-part salad mix for you to try.

Edible flowers! Note the salad mix testimonials under the basket. One of my favorites: “Like a little garden in your bowl.”

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Hey, more delicious food from an awesome local producer. I was into the pomelos.

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4505 chicharrones blowin’ in the wind. We missed the worst of last night’s storm, but the vendor tents still got some pretty healthy gusts of air. Jeremy reminded me this won’t be a concern when the stalls are made permanent (told you they had big plans for this market).

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Sampled some nutty, delicious cocoa nibs straight from the bean, courtesy of Dandelion Chocolate, who will be opening a storefront on Valencia in a few months.

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Jewelry and a really cute baby from Sebastopol.

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Handmade ceramics from Smokin’ Pottery.

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And bubbles! Toys and games (don’t miss the stack of hula hoops back there) were courtesy of Urban Sprouts, who’ll be doing healthy cooking demos at future markets. Bilingual nutrition education and healthy food incentives play a big part in the grand MCM plan. And there’s live music, too.

This market is gonna blow up. Check it out this season on Thursdays from 4-8 p.m.

All photos by Marion Anthonisen

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 – OPENING DAY!!

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Our third year brings exciting new vendors, including 4505 Meats, Spring Hill Cheese and Little City Gardens located in San Francisco. Crafty artisans Zia Designs, Smokin’ Pottery and Georgie Girl will also be selling this year. We are honored to continue working with our loyal vendors who have been with us since the start. Thank you for your support!

As a true community destination, MCM offers more than a traditional farmer’s market. Opening day will feature musical performance by the renowned LoCura, recently featured in the National Geographic World Music series; and ABADÁ-Capoeira dance performance. More entertainment to be announced, please stay tuned.

Mission Community Market is open every Thursday at Bartlett & 22nd from 4-8pm.

See you there!!

Thank You for an Amazing Year! Hasta April!

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Dear Friend of the Mission Community Market,Donate to the MCM today

Happy Holidays from the Mission Community Market! Thanks for a great 2011, our first complete season! You made it happen! It’s still not too late to give the gift of a successful, fun and beautiful community marketplace in 2012.


Donate to the MCM Today

Make a 2011 tax-deductible donation now, before December 31st, and a generous private donor will match your donation up to $5,000! Wow! Your donation will bring bilingual health education, after-school programs, and murals to MCM!

Thanks to you and our partners, MCM has:
  • Started the Mission Health Promotora Project, providing healthy food incentives and bilingual education to low-income families
  • Created sales opportunities for 26 women-owned and 11 first-time micro-entrepreneurs
  • Replaced 1000 square feet of graffiti with three murals, including a replica of San Francisco’s hidden first mural
  • Created 5 local jobs, including 3 youth trainees, while bringing over 1000 volunteer hours into the community

With you, the Mission Community Market will continue to grow healthy families, catalyze micro-enterprise, and transform Bartlett into a community space. Your support of $50 will help bring bilingual health promotoras to teach nutrition. $100 can create a play area on a Thursday. Or put a mural up for $1500, and the city will double your donation! We already have the artists ready to go! If your budget doesn’t permit now, consider volunteering, vending or performing next year! There are so many ways to be involved in your community!


On behalf of the dedicated MCM staff and Board of Advisors, we wish to thank our community partners: La Cocina, CARECEN, Urban Sprouts, the Women’s Initiative, MEDA, Community Music Center, Mission Beacon, New Door Ventures and, most importantly, YOU. Thank you so much for 2011 and we wish you a happy and healthy 2012!

Sincerely,

Jeremy Shaw
Executive Director

P.S. Gifts to the MCM are completely tax-deductible and can often be matched by your employer!By giving now you can take advantage of this deduction in the 2011 tax year!

Space Changers

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We would especially like to thank the SEED Fund, the Rebar Group, Carla Crane, Anneke Swinehart and Cindy Burkowski for helping us re-design public space on Bartlett Street!

If you or your company would like to significantly help the community to transform public space on Bartlett with sustainable landscape, comfortable lighting, and walkable design, please write us now. Your support of a design is the key to hundreds of thousands of construction dollars. Timed with nearby projects, by 2014 we can make Bartlett a dramatically more safe, fun and beautiful community space!

Rendering of Bartlett Street as Mercado Plaza Concept

Bartlett Street could be a beautiful community space

Quick Red Holiday Recipes

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Happy Boy still has dry-farmed tomatoes! Fix up that last minute holiday salsa, can some for the winter, and freeze some for hearty winter soups. Here is a recipe for a new twist, which also utilizes their beautiful carrots:

Tahini Tomato Carrot Roast

Big bunch of carrots, cut into sticks
A few big tomatoes, quartered or cubed
1/2 cup tahini
Olive oil to coat
1 lemon, cut into thin coins
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Combine everything in a roasting pan and roast at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until done. Voila!